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Bryant's court plans to be investigated.

CULTURE Secretary Jeremy Hunt has pledged to explore Rhondda MP Chris Bryant's proposal for a small claims court to deal with cases involving libel and breaches of privacy.

The Labour MP, above, won pounds 30,000 from the owners of the closed News of the World newspaper as a result of the phone-hacking saga but he is concerned that legal changes may prevent many people from taking action in the future.

He told MPs: "Members will know that those who have taken civil action against the News of the World have faced legal bills of some pounds 300,000, pounds 400,000 or pounds 500,000, yet the most that has ever been awarded by a court in a privacy case is pounds 60,000, and many settlements have been for much less.

"Given the changes to the conditional fee agreements that the Government are pushing through, may I suggest it might be a good idea to have a small claims court for privacy and libel cases?" Mr Hunt said: "[I] think the honourable gentleman's idea may have some merit. We will look into it."
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Feb 10, 2012
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